"The county party is 'absolutely' concerned about possible intimidation, said party chair Mark Gonzalez."
October 6, 2020
LOS ANGELES, CA -- In response to the LA Times Article regarding the 2100 faulty ballots sent to voters, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J Gonzalez released the following statement:
“This election is too important for even the smallest mistakes. With the president and Republicans actively working to delegitimize our elections, disenfranchise voters, and suppress the vote, voters are expecting that those who oversee our elections ensure that they have what they need and that their vote will be counted. Yesterday, our team received phones calls from concerned voters about the presidential option being left off their ballot and worked with the Registrar Recorder's office to identify if this was widespread. I’m thankful for the swift response from Dean Logan and his team, and cautiously optimistic that they’ve identified the only batch of faulty ballots. Voters are worried about their health, their families, their jobs - they shouldn’t have to worry about their vote.”
October 5, 2020
LACDP Chair Mark J Gonzalez applauds Governor Newsom on the nomination of Justice Martin Jenkins to the CA Supreme Court
LOS ANGELES, CA -- In response to the Governor's nomination of Justice Martin Jenkins to the California Supreme Court, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J Gonzalez released the following statement:
“On a day where Supreme Court Justices Alito and Thomas signaled their interest in overturning Obergefell v Hodges solidifying marriage equality across the nation, I’m proud that Governor Newsom has appointed Justice Martin Jenkins as the first openly gay Justice to the California Supreme Court. Justice Jenkins’ storied career from his time in the NFL, to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and Department of Justice, to his appointment to the United States District Court here in California by President Clinton reminds us how exceptionally qualified he is to serve on the bench. California has continued to set the example for other states, showing how important diversity is at every level of our government. LA Democrats applaud Governor Newsom for his choice in Justice Jenkins to serve as our next Associate Justice here in California, and wish him the best through the next phase of his confirmation process.”
"I'm again cautiously optimistic, but at that moment I was disappointed in a system that we were assured was going to work," said Gonzalez, referring to his reaction in March.
"I think that what the Trump administration is trying to say is that Democrats are ballot-harvesting, and that's not what we're doing," Gonzalez said. "We're trying to encourage folks to turn in their ballot."
“We’re encouraging all voters to vote early, return those ballots as early as possible. Please do not delay,” LACDP Chairman Mark Gonzalez said.
"Gonzalez notes that during the coronavirus pandemic, the party has gone completely virtual in its critical Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort before Election Day, Nov. 3. 'California has a huge volunteer base of people who are calling the 17 battleground states,' he says, with coalition phone banking focused on Arizona and Nevada."
September 26, 2020
LOS ANGELES, CA -- In response to the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Justice Ginsberg on the US Supreme Court, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J Gonzalez released the following statement:
"The president’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not only a slap in the face to the rule of law, but dangerous for Americans and the progress our country has made for the last century. As a jurist, Judge Barrett’s record and views on a women’s right to choose, her hostile positions on an American’s right to access to healthcare, immigration, and her penchent for dismissing Supreme Court precedents should alarm every American, Democrat, Republican, Independents and others. It cannot be stressed enough how risky, fatal, and impactful to our nation's future will be in the hands of decisions from Judge Barrett. Every minority group, environmentalist, union, and communities all across our nation should be calling their senators and ensuring the failure of this catastrophic nomination. Judge Barrett, like this president, is a danger to the future of our nation, and must not be confirmed by the United States Senate."
"Mark Gonzalez, chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, will be Biden's state director, the campaign said."
September 18, 2020
LOS ANGELES, CA -- In response to the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J Gonzalez released the following statement:
“Today America and Angelenos mourn the loss of the lioness of our US Supreme Court. A true American hero, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was only the second female and the first Jewish female appointed to our Supreme Court who became a trailblazer and a voice for the rights of Americans all across the country. As an advocate for gender equality, women’s rights, international law, and so much more, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how important a practical, principled, and forward-thinking interpretation of the law and working with colleagues from with a different ideology should be applied to decisions. Justice Ginsburg was a champion, and, yes, notorious. I stand with all Angelenos across Los Angeles County and Americans across our nation in sending our thoughts to Justice Ginsburg’s family.”